Social Well-Being Tracker

Our social well-being indicators are based on social determinants of health. These indicators are the economic and social conditions that shape the health of individuals and communities. Social determinants of health also determine the extent to which a person possesses the physical, social, and personal resources to identify and achieve personal aspirations, satisfy needs, and cope with the environment. Social determinants of health are about the quantity and quality of a variety of resources that a society makes available to its members. Important considerations include both the quality and their distribution amongst the population. 1

DEducation & Literacy

D2Percentage of Students Aged 14-18 Dropped Out of SchoolECSD and EPSB

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Education is a significant determinant of health, as educational attainment influences career options and lifetime earning potential. University graduates earn significantly higher incomes than high school graduates—on a per annum and lifetime basis. Education also provides some protection against economic fluctuations. Individuals with higher education are less likely to become unemployed in the event of an economic downturn. They are also more likely to achieve financial security after retiring. The importance of education has grown as the economy becomes increasingly reliant on industries that require specialized knowledge and technical expertise. 

  • The annual dropout rate for students aged 14 to 18 years is a useful indicator because it measures the success or failure that a school district is having in keeping students engaged and continuously involved in their learning without interruption.
  • The annual dropout rates for students aged 14 to 18 have decreased for both school districts. This demonstrates the success that educational stakeholders in school districts, supported by the Ministry of Education, are having in keeping students in school through to high school completion.
  • In the Edmonton Public School District, the annual dropout rate decreased from 6.9% in the 2000/01 school year to 2.5% in the 2018/19 school year.
  • In the Edmonton Catholic School District, the annual dropout rate for 14 to 18 year olds decreased from 5.4% in the 2000/01 school year to 1.5% in the 2018/19 school year.

D1 to D7. All K to 12 Education Charts
Edmonton Catholic Schools. (2019). Walking together in the light of christ. Annual Education Results Re-port 2018-2019. Three Year Educational Plan 2010-2022. Retrieved from

Edmonton Public Schools. (2019). Three Year Education Plan (3YEP) 2019-2022. Annual Education Results Report (AERR) 2018-2019 School Year. Retrieved from

(1) Raphael, D. (2004). Introduction to the social determinants of health. In D. Raphael (ed.) Social Determinates of Health: Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Canadian Scholar's Press Inc.

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